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Posted: March 25, 2019,  in News

Join our Webinar - Smart MOBILE

The Webinar will be a unique opportunity to see Smart MOBILE application designed for Pilots and Cabin Crew, and available on all devices.

The Webinar begins with Smart4Aviation experts providing an overview of their industry leading suite of Flight Operations software solutions before a detailed look at each of the six EFB Apps. As you will see each App can be used as a stand-alone solution or integrated within an existing EFB platform, and is delivered with advanced and extensive web-based configuration systems and administration panels, plus delivers dedicated functionality for the Crew.


S4A Smart MOBILE Components:

  • BRIEF (Pilot Briefing & Navlog)
  • BRIEF CABIN (Cabin Crew Briefing)
  • CREW INFO (Calendar & Roster)
  • DOC (Operations Manuals)
  • eFORMS (Electronic Forms)
  • COMM (Communication & Alerting)


Webinar Agenda:

  • Smart4Aviation Company and Products Overview - 10 min
  • Introduction to Smart MOBILE – 10 min
  • Smart MOBILE product demonstration – 30 min
  • Q&A session – 10 min

Posted: March 11, 2019,  in News

Annual ATC awards 2019 recognise Smart4Aviation, Qantas and Frequentis for enabling flight efficiency and fuel savings

The annual IHS Jane’s ATC awards 2019 took place again at World ATM Congress in Madrid to reward companies and projects across six categories for their work over the previous 12 months. Australian airline Qantas developed a flight planning platform jointly with Frequentis, Smart4Aviation and the University of Sydney, to enable efficiency and fuel savings, winning this year’s Technology award.
Left to right: Ben Vogel – Janes IHS Markit, Mike Riegler – Qantas, Maciej Migacz – Smart4Aviation, Francesco
Saraceni and Catalin Roman – Frequentis, Shane Harney – smart4Aviation, Geoff Bell – Qantas, Dirk Whitake –
Frequentis. Photograhy: Patrick Allen – HIS Markit


The Qantas flight planning platform (Constellation) can ingest rich data sets from external sources, allowing it to continually assess and adjust its flight paths while en-route, providing for the flexibility to fit with flow constraints, reduce fuel consumption and emissions and increase safety.

Developing a flight optimisation platform was a vision of Qantas for some time. For Constellation to win this award is a significant achievement that shines a spotlight on what is now an operational reality. Together with Frequentis, Smart4Aviation and University of Sydney we have created a flight planning platform that combines best of breed products and latest data standards with cutting edge algorithmic techniques to enable flight planning optimization benefits across the Qantas network.” says Mike Riegler, Manager Innovation and Support, Qantas Flight Operations Systems.

Frequentis provided smartDM, part of the Frequentis integrated smartAIM/CADAS portfolio, which allows Qantas to ingest global aeronautical data including digital NOTAM. The solution also allows Qantas to manage a layer of company navigation data that supports the flight planning engine to optimize within approved company constraints such as company routes and freeflight airspace. Based on this data, flight planning and flight plan optimisation is performed resulting in increased safety through accurate navigation data constraint modelling, better fuel prediction and significant business process improvements.
We are pleased to be supporting an airline with its goals for route optimisation and fully support Qantas with their next challenge to open direct flights, Sydney to London and Sydney to New York by 2022. Capacity concerns are challenging the industry across the globe. By working together on innovative approaches for collecting dynamic data, and utilising it while en-route, enables Qantas to respond positively to the capacity challenge.”, says Dirk Withake, Frequentis Vice President Aeronautical Information Management.

Smart4Aviation’s main contribution to the partnership was comprised of a rich and fully featured flight planning application and user experience, seamlessly integrated with the Qantas’ proprietary flight optimisation engine and Frequentis’ AIXM 5.1 and ARINC 424 nav data management solution. Experts in integration, Smart4Aviation connected over 30 different operational systems reducing the amount of backend effort required to manage a system of this complexity. Another Smart4Aviation key contribution, was our the Airport Suitability module which analyses airports and airspace for operational status permitting the generation of highly accurate and fully compliant automated flight plans.

Moreover, Smart4Aviation has integrated its acclaimed Smart BRIEF, Smart NOTAM MANAGER, Smart MET, Smart COMM, and Smart VIEW+ solutions with other Qantas applications, thereby feeding the engine an enormous amount of valuable and timely operational data while creating a second to none overall operational experience.

The development of this system has been a tireless effort engaging teams of more than 100 professionals from Qantas, Frequentis and Smart4Aviation. The success of the project and the achievement of this milestone is a proud moment in not just the success of the system itself but in success of our partnership.”, says Mike Lewis, Smart4Aviation CEO.
Qantas embarked on a project to replace its aging mainframe-based flight planning system in 2013 by engaging the University of Sydney to research and prototype an innovative path optimiser using Probabilistic Road Map (PRM) techniques. Qantas then engaged leading aviation software providers Frequentis and Smart4Aviation to provide the remaining components of the platform and migrate to a cloud environment. A key requirement was support for automation and future proofing through adoption of standards such as AIXM 5.

The annual IHS Janes ATC awards allow companies the opportunity to nominate innovative, field-proven technologies and projects, which are then reviewed by an experienced panel of industry experts. The technology award reflects significant contributions by equipment and systems suppliers.
Posted: January 25, 2019,  in Press Releases & Articles

Introduction to S4A's Flight Planning System developed together with Qantas

On the surface, it seemed to be just another long haul flight, but for Qantas and Smart4Aviation it was anything but routine.
This “routine” flight was the first live flight test of what is anticipated to be the most sophisticated and efficient flight planning system available in the industry.

"This is the start of something really big", stated Qantas Program Manager - Geoff Bell; as he outlined how the event is a landmark achievement for Qantas, marking the final stages of a multi-year, multi-vendor project.

Qantas and Smart4Aviation have partnered on a ground breaking, state of the art flight planning system designed to provide strategic operational and commercial advantages that only a best of breed planning system can deliver”, explained Smart4Aviation CEO Michael Lewis. The planning efficiencies and resulting savings generated by this new system are particularly relevant against the backdrop of the current aviation environment of rising fuel and operating costs.

Underpinning the system is arguably the most advanced optimizer fielded in the aviation industry today. Using an advanced probabilistic roadmap algorithm, the optimizer was developed as a Qantas and Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) joint project.

Deployment of the system throughout the Qantas operation will be done on a fleet by fleet basis, focusing initially on wide-body aircraft. This first phase concentrates on achieving initial projected cost savings while subsequent phases will increase automation and target further operational efficiencies and savings.

Qantas expect the new flight planning system to deliver on all cost savings targets, meeting all objectives.

"To be a technology and innovation leader in flight planning is not something that is easily done", explained Smart4Aviation CEO Lewis. "However, this is exactly the goal we have undertaken with our Qantas partners."

From project inception, Qantas and Smart4Aviation agreed the goal of this next generation flight planning system was to create a single, common platform to integrate operational and business decisions to gain maximum efficiency, predictability and flexibility in flight operations, without ever compromising safety. Automation is key and central to the design strategy.
Dispatchers will simply be providing guidance to the system, and reacting to exception based alerts. This approach allows operations staff to focus on higher value tasks and for targeting increased efficiency and the ability to focus on planning the safest, legal and most cost effective way to transport the optimum amount of payload between two points. Even more importantly, the system allows for an unswerving commitment to safety and efficient flight operations

Data management and data exchange with other stakeholders in the flight planning process is also a core feature of this next generation flight planning system design. As Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) matures, carriers will need a platform to successfully collaborate with these external stakeholders in a bi-directional manner. Examples include: anticipated airport acceptance and arrival rates, parameters for ground delays as well airline cancellations, revised schedules and routes, trajectory optimizations for traffic patterns, etc.

To support this sharing of data, the system currently provides extensive AIXM and WIXM support. FIXM support will be a future implementation, together with support for such concepts as Target Arrival Time together with ATM and CDM integration.

The Probabilistic Road Map (PRM) optimizer - the “engine” of the system - itself state of the art, was developed as a Qantas and Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) joint project. The fully compliant AIXM navigational database is sourced from Frequentis.

Following additional Smart4Aviation applications round out the overall operational solution:

Smart4Aviation would be more than happy to organize a dedicated presentation for your airline about our Flight Planning Solution, other S4A’s Solutions, and our development plans for the future. Please contact us through info@smart4aviation.aero or through our contact information at www.smart4aviation.aero

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Posted: December 4, 2018,  in News

Partnership with MeteoGroup

London, 30 October 2018 - Smart4Aviation, one of the leading providers of software solutions for airline operations, has signed a cooperation agreement with MeteoGroup, the global weather authority. This partnership combines MeteoGroup’s extensive experience in weather forecasting and monitoring with the power of Smart4Aviation’s software platform, creating substantial benefits for airline and airport operations.

The parties intend to jumpstart their cooperation by integrating their standard products. The combination of S4A software with MeteoGroup Weather services results in an advanced operational predictive planning tool which can anticipate the impact of possible weather issues for the aviation industry.

Proactive planning allows airlines and airports to manage and minimize the impact of specific weather conditions through MeteoGroup services and products such as:
  • WingMaster; multi sensor deployment for intelligent determination of wing ice;
  • RunwayMaster; sensors runway conditions and need for de or anti-icing;
  • Lightning Tracker; to determine potential risk to ground crews as determined by the associated health and safety practices employed by location or airline.

Combined with S4A Smart COMM, all data and information can be easily be automatized, processed, filtered, adjusted and delivered to pre-defined user groups or roles within an airline or airport operation as well as to any 3rd party partners and contractors who can collaborate on operational problems and situations. In S4A Smart COMM, over 70 types of alerts can be established to warn of any operational conditions, enabling users a comprehensive view of airline operations in real time. Every minute of a delay can cost up to several dozen thousand dollars, this is why it is so important to automate this process and improve communication between all stakeholders.

Another product in Smart4Aviation’s portfolio is S4A Smart VIEW+, which can proactively track weather. This S4A’s flight tracking system is designed to combine real-time flight visualization and aircraft situational awareness by providing interactive presentations of aeronautical and geographical information tailored for comprehensive operational Flight Watch. S4A Smart VIEW+ can be also adjusted to display airport maps with all weather data taken from MeteoGroup sensors arranged in various locations across the airport network.

Smart4Aviation and MeteoGroup are now actively investigating how Big Data modelling can added further value, by adding an additional predictive dimension to their operational solutions.

As the weather impacts more and more business processes all around the world and in virtually any industry, there is a growing demand for actionable weather data and insights to be readily integrated in software and services”, says Donat Rétif, CEO of MeteoGroup. “The integration of our weather insights with Smart4Aviation’s software will enable aviation companies to instantly take maximum advantage of the most reliable weather data available. Helping them to improve their performance, serve customers better and increase their safety.

The Partnership with MeteoGroup allows us to leverage the core skillsets of both Smart4Aviation and MeteoGroup, to provide a complete solution for pro-active Weather monitoring and alerting. This synergy allows airlines and airports to significantly reduce costs related to flight delays and cancellations”, said Mike Lewis, President and CEO of Smart4Aviation.

Posted: July 17, 2018,  in News

All former Virgin America aircraft started to be operated in the S4A Smart LOAD

Smart4Aviation is very proud to be one of the most trusted vendors of Alaska Air Group. The use of S4A Smart COMM (communication and alerting) and S4A Smart LOAD (weight and balance) has successfully supported Alaska Air Group’s daily operations since 2014 delivering automation flight ratio at the level of 80%. Years of cooperation have resulted in a variety of achieved milestones and delivered projects, the last being connected with the strategic operational merger between Alaska Airlines and Virgin America.

On Tuesday, June 19th all former Virgin America flights ~(73 Airbus aircraft) started to be operated in the S4A Smart LOAD application under the aegis of the single Central Load Planning Department (CLP) (currently ~283 aircraft in total). 250 flights per day were added to the S4A Smart LOAD and S4A Smart COMM process. More than 3,200 employees have been positively affected by this change – primarily Airport Operations & Customer Service (AOCS) and Airbus pilots. Interestingly, the readiness of Alaska Air Group business units was significant to achieve desired merger goals, including the preparation of required updates to manuals and FAA regulatory approval. The payoff will be not only increased efficiencies at the stations, but also future IT savings thanks to decommission of Virgin America legacy systems. Cutover itself proceeded seamlessly, with no incidents reported. A significant benefit to this change is that former Virgin America Airbus aircraft can now support additional cargo items – which will increase Alaska Air Group revenue!

This result could be achieved thanks to successful roll-out of S4A Smart LOAD and S4A Smart COMM applications throughout former Virgin America flights operations.

S4A Smart LOAD application represents truly exception based weight and balance and load planning system. This solution fully automates and optimizes the load planning activity, engaging agents only when economic or loading irregularities occur. It is an extremely powerful yet simple to use solution, supporting both centralized and de-centralized airline load control models.

S4A Smart COMM system is a major advance in streamlining and improving airline communication processes. Efficient communication ensures efficient operations. Flight Dispatch, Operations Control, Weight and Balance, Maintenance, Pilots, Aircraft Routing and Crew Scheduling can now collaborate on operational problems and situations, using a common platform. Users have a common view of the airline's operation with critical information alerted in real time as changes occur.

The success story continues.
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